I sometimes find Meatless Monday dinners are more delicious than meals with meat! Tonight, was one of those nights.
I made a big batch of cabbage mango salad with roasted pumpkin seeds along with scrumptious yummy caramelized onion crostini.
I love cabbage! In the cooler months, I always try to keep it in the fridge for salads. It’s inexpensive (so much less than lettuce, when it’s out of season) and it’s packed with nutrients, especially cancer fighting anti-oxidents & anti-inflammatory properties.
Mango was on sale this week at Whole Foods, and I still had one left this afternoon, so I googled cabbage mango salad, and found that they do pair well together! You wouldn’t think it, would you?
Here’s my recipe:
Cabbage Mango Salad
Mix the following ingredients together in a large bowl:
- 1/2 head of Cabbage, chopped into small chunks
- 1 Mango, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 Onion, minced
- 1/4 cup roasted pumpkin, or other favorite nut or seed
- 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
I made enough for our dinner plus lunch tomorrow, along with probably another
Caramelized Onion Crostini
First caramelize the onions. It takes about 20-30 minutes. You might end up with extra onions; they are still tasty as leftovers. Add to other recipes like tomato sauce, brown rice, or soups.
- Starting on medium heat, add 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil and 2-3 thinly sliced onions to heated saute pan.
- Stirring occasionally, let the onions brown a bit; turn down the stove temp to low, and cook for 15-20 minutes.
- When onions are golden brown and yummy, splash on 2-3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar and cook for a few more minutes.
- If bottom of pan is crusty and browned, add a touch of wine or water, and scrape up the bits at the bottom of the pan.
Time for the crostini.
- Toast a few slices of whole grain bread in the oven.
- Once toasted, remove the bread, and top with your favorites. I smeared on a few cloves of roasted garlic, then topped with an aged Grafton Village cheddar cheese and a scoop of caramelized onion.
- Put bread back in oven and broil for a minute or two until the cheese is melted.
Once summer arrives, sliced fresh tomatoes make a wonderful addition, as do sliced olives and chopped basil leaves. I also love to experiment with other cheeses like Pecorino, Manchego, fresh Ricotta, and Mozzarella.
Enjoy! I thoroughly did!